Blagojevich Indicted

Blagojevich Indictment

Impeached and disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was indicted today on 16 counts of Federal Corruption. Several of Blago’s cronies were also named as defendants in the indictment handed down today.

A good day for Illinois! Again?

See documents for full details.

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It’s Unanimous! Blago is Out, Quinn is In

Blagojevich Impeachment

After a last ditch attempt by Impeached Illinois Governor Blagojevich, the Illinois State Senate has voted unanimously (59-0) to remove the Governor from office. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn becomes the new Governor by Illinois law and is expected to be sworn in later today. The State Senate also voted 59-0 to bar the former Governor from ever holding public office in Illinois again.

“He failed the test of character. He is beneath the dignity of the state of Illinois. He is no longer worthy to be our governor,” said Sen. Matt Murphy, a Republican from suburban Chicago.

The four day trial was boycotted by the embattled former governor until today when he made a futile attempt at a closing statement, although he refused to answer questions.

Today puts a head on the “Pay to Play” politics that has become a way of life in Illinois, Chicago and indeed national politics. Illinoisans has spoken through their elected officials and the Constitution and took the rare steps to remove a corrupt official from office. Let this be a loud and clear message to the rest of the politicians, locally and nationally, who continue or consider the use of their office for personal gain and unethical practices.

Blagojevich Impeached!

In an historic first for Illinoisians, lawmakers today voted 114-1 to impeach the embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The governor was charged with corruption in December of last year, and has focused the nation’s attention on the “pay to play” scandals plaguing Chicago and our great state. Notably due to the charge of Blago attempting to sell President-elect Obama’s vacant senate seat. The seat has since been appointed to former Illinois Atty general, Roland Burris creating even more controversy.

What I really want to know (and hopefully find out soon), who that one lawmaker was that voted against impeaching the disgraced governor.

Here is the 69-page draft report outlineing criminal charges against gov. Rod Blagojevich. Charges list his alleged plan to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Obama, withholding of state funds for the sale of Wrigley Field if Chicago Tribune editorial writers were not fired, and the shake down of Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Questions Remain

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People’s Seat

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Fallout of the Blagojevich Arrest and Investigation

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Illinois politics is about to receive a face-lift. The fallout from the recent investigation and arrest of Governor Blagojevich will be widespread and have long lasting effects. First to feel the blast of course is the corrupt Governor himself, affectionately known as Blago. He will surely be joining his predecessor for a few years at the Federal Country Club for Corrupt Illinois Politicians. Not to mention our other governors and elected officials that we entrusted with positions of leadership. We in Chicago now have another record to add to our repertoire. In addition to being the highest taxed in the nation, we are the most corrupt city and state in the Union. We put more politicians in jail than we do drug dealers in Illinois.

Well, we are done! The tax paying and voting citizens are finished supporting politicians involved in “Pay to Play” schemes. Gone are the days of complacent constituentswho think and say, “That’s just the way it’s done here”.  For those less than ethical officials in office now, be warned, we are watching your every move. For those considering office, also take heed, you will be scrutinized like no other candidate has.

Many are prediciting an indictment will soon follow for democratic congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr. for his alleged $500,000 offer for the senate seat left vacant by Obama, via an “emmisary”. An emmisary that he denies was sent by or even known to him. Considered a front runner for the senate seat, he had a very good chance and great public opinion followed him. In a press conference, he announced that he was not a target of this investigation and was involved in no wrongdoing. Jackson was thought by many to have  an untarnished record and was an upcoming politician, successfully distancing himself from his father’s way of playing politics. Jackson, Jr. is now one of the central players in Blagojevich “Pay to Play” for a senate seat debacle.

Now the nation’s eyes are upon us. With President-Elect Obama’s senate seat being one of the focus points of the Blagojevich investigation, certain questions are already arising about what he and/or his ad visors knew. Mentioned in the criminal complaint that lead to the Governor’s arrest, are three advisors based in Washington, D.C. Just who are “Advisor A”,  “Advisor B”, and “President-Elect Advisor”?

The Obama transition team will be tested with a scandal even before the President-Elect is inaugurated. There is some speculation that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s pick for Chief of Staff, is one of them. Other reports are saying that one of the advisors is David Alexrod. No matter who the advisors are, they will be outed soon and it will be interesting to see how the Obama team distances itself from the President-Elect’s home state’s turmoil.

I predict that Illinois politics will see major upheavals and sweeping changes over the next few years. We are through being embarrassed and bullied by our elected officials. Democratic and Republican strongholds alike, will see sweeping moves by voters to replace even suspect incumbents, and elect only those candidates of the highest moral character and ethics. Out with politicians like Lisa Madigan, Jackson, Emil Jones, Stroger, and yes, Dick Daley too. We need leaders that will truly work for the Illinois taxpayer, and fight to up-root the embedded system of “Pay to Play” politics, family favors, and the cronyism that has strangled the taxpayers of Chicago and the State of Illinois for decades.

Mystery Candidates of the Blagojevich Complaint

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This is a concise list of the undisclosed senate candidates mentioned in the complaint against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Some of these “mystery players” have already admitted their contact with the embattled governor. Others are some “best guess” opinions based on what research I have done. None of these candidates have been accused of any wrongdoing.

Senate Candidate #1
Valerie Jarrett
Obama’s choice to fill his seat. Advisor A and B were negotiating for this choice.

Senate Candidate #2
Lisa Madigan
Leaked to Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun Times to put pressure for Obama’s choice.

Senate Candidate #3
Jan Schakowsky
She speculates herself that she may be #3.

Senate Candidate #4
Deputy Governor Louanner Peters
Blagojevich considered this person “loyal” enough to give up the senate seat to him should impeachment be imminent.

Senate Candidate #5
Jesse Jackson Jr.
Announced at press conference the he is #5. Denies any wrongdoing.

Senate Candidate #6
J.B. Pritzker
Sneed “leaked” this name on Nov. 28,  as being on a short list for the senate seat.
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Blair Hull
Former Senate candidate who lost to Obama. Huge Blagojevich contributor. Has had several questionable links to the governor.